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Resurrection Ale House

With some people in town for a wedding, a bunch of us met up at Resurrection Ale House on Gray’s Ferry. It’s what you could call a gastropub. It’s smack dab in the middle of a residential area on Gray’s Ferry, across from Naval Square. There’s not much around it, but it’s not too far from Grace Tavern. The good thing is, finding parking is actually quite easy. They have a number of beers on draft, and many more bottled. And they have very reasonably priced food.

M ordered this Brooklyn Local 1, one of Brooklyn Brewery’s big bottle beers, and he absolutely loved it. He couldn’t stop talking about. And he ended up ordering another one. The shame is, he lives in CA, and he won’t be able to get this at home.

The soon-to-be groom ordered the twice fried chicken. I’m assuming that it is fried twice, which makes it doubly awesome, and is drizzled with spiced honey. Delicious! It is served with a watermelon and basil salad, and let me tell you, this is an excellent way to serve watermelon! I need to figure out how to make this, stat!

C ordered a hamburger, with a tall challah bun (look how round it is!), swiss cheese, and pickled red onions. They are served with fries and curry dipping sauce. He gave it a thumbs up.

J got the pork carnitas. It comes with grilled pineapple, red onions, jalapenos, and a couple of corn tortillas so you can taco-ize everything.

I got an open face lamb meatball sandwich. The lamb balls were served on top of toasted bread with pesto, and topped with red sauce and cheese. This thing was tasty, but a little difficult to eat. You couldn’t pick it up and eat it as a sandwich, so you just had to fork and knife it. It also came with fries and the curry dipping sauce. I really liked these fries as they were thin and crispy and not greasy, and the curry dipping sauce was a super nice touch.

I really liked this place. It just felt nice. It was light and airy inside. It’s small, but nicely small, because too many people can’t be inside. The clientele was nice and mixed – young, old, hipster, hippie, yuppie, whatever. This is not a pretentious place at all. The service was fine, especially considering that we were probably a pain in the ass, and probably loud too. I can’t wait to go back there!
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Earth Bread & Brewery – Mt. Airy

I love it when other people tell me of new places to try. While at M and E’s bbq, A told me about a great meal she’d had in Mt. Airy to Earth Bread & Brewery. So we headed over there on a hot summer night. They make flatbread pizza here, and they also make their own beer. Pretty cool, right? It’s on a main strip in Mt. Airy, and it’s on two floors. It’s actually quite roomy. They have bars on both floors, and the wood fired stove is downstairs. It’s pretty cute.

They have a number of their own brews, and they carry additional beers on draft. I tried the glutenus minimus, which is a gluten free beer! Weird, huh? Yes, definitely weird. But I really liked it. It was light, slightly citrusy, and a little bit sour. They also have more normal wheat based beers too. So don’t you worry.

So let’s move onto the pizzas! J got a small White pizza. The small ones are a nice individual size. These are flatbread pizzas, so the crusts are thin. They’re made with king Arthur flour, and the dough is fermented long and cool for maximum flavor. Or at least that’s what their website says. The white pizza has roasted garlic oil, mozzarella, jack, and fontina cheeses, roasted onion, plum tomato, and basil. The mozzarella is also made in-house. It was a very nice, light pizza.

I went much more exotic and got the Molé pizza. It had spicy mexican chili sauce, roasted corn, black beans, blackened chicken, jack, and fontina cheeses. There’s obviously a lot going on with this pizza, but I liked it. The beans and roasted corn were obviously very new to me, on a pizza, but for me, it totally worked. It was a like a burrito, on a pizza. Not a bad thing.

We goth enjoyed our food, and our beer. The service, however, ouch. I cannot say anything good about it. It started off poorly, right away. When we got there, it said to please wait for the hostess to be seated. So we waited, and waited, and waited, and waited. It seriously seemed like forever. It turned out that the hostess was at the bar all along, the bar right behind the hostess stand, and just decided not to wait on us, until after 10 minutes of us standing in front of the hostess stand. She finally eventually decided to acknowledge us and took us upstairs and sat us. She gave us menus right away, shockingly enough, but then she didn’t bring us our waters until about another at least 5 minutes in. The server actually came over to us very quickly, but man, was she a sourpuss. She looked miserable, she sounded miserable, and was the least enthused person I’ve witnessed in a long time. Her level of disinterest in her job and her customers was through the freakin roof. Overall, we were both highly unimpressed with the service. I would even say that it sucked. Yeah, the service here sucked. It’s a shame, because the food and drinks were good!

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Espresso Stouts Galore In Oregon

Oregon loves their beer and their microbrews. They love it as much as they love coffee and flannel. So we took advantage of the fact that so many different microbrews were available, from near and far, and drank a whole lot of espresso stouts. We purchased these at whole foods, and the check out girl actually chuckled at us after she rung everything up and was telling us how much it was. You don’t want to know. But hey, when in Oregon! The Overcast Espresso Stout, probably my personal favorite. It was super smooth. I don’t know what the open container laws are like in Oregon, but we drank it in Drake Park anyway. Arrest us, we don’t care!

The only non-stout that somehow snuck into our purchases was the Maui CoCoNut Porter. I think I saw this on tv once. It’s a good beer, but it does not have any kind of coconut taste in it, at all! Slightly false advertising. But a good beer.

Here’s the Laurelwood Espresso Stout, another favorite. J just happened to pour it out into a mug for espresso. It was just a coincidence. Also quite smooth, a bit stronger than Overcast.

Here’s where things start to get not so tasty. These two stouts by Mikkellen, Barrel-Aged Black Hole, are brewed with coffee, honey, and vanilla, and aged in either whisky or wine barrels. We thought these would be amazing. We were wrong. These just tasted strong and bad. And they were freakin’ expensive too. Coffee stout fails!

Dark Truth Stout. Ok, so this one was the worst one. It tasted like ashtray.
The Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing. This one was ok, but really strong, not necessarily in the best way, and just not really drinkable. I mean it wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t great. And there you have it! And no, we did not drink all of these in one sitting. Drink responsibly!

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